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8F Engineering Challenge

This year 8F have been taking part in the 2021 Great Engineering Schools Challenge.   The challenge was set up in 2013 to help encourage children to follow in the footsteps of some of our greatest engineers.

The challenge began early in the autumn term and children spent time designing and building a range of models using the Meccano sets provided by the event organisers.  The pupils had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this years challenge.

On the 20th October 2021 the models were taken to the Shildon Railway Museum where they were judged by an independent selection of experts.

We are very proud of our students who won first, second and third place prizes.  The whole of 8F received a special achievement trophy for their hard work.  Representatives from the Great Engineering Schools Challenge came into school to present pupils with certificates, commemorative pens, wrist bands and our class special achievement trophy on 21st October 2021.

Well done 8F!

St Cuthbert’s Hospice Donation

Yesterday, some of our sixth form students went to St Cuthbert’s Hospice to hand over a cheque for £880. The money was donated as part of fundraising in memory of Mr Wilkinson. Mr Wilkinson’s class who are now in sixth form handed over the cheque along with Mr Wilkinson’s wife Debbie. We were really happy to finally be able to do this as COVID 19 prevented it for a long time.

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Toilet twinning (Article 24)

With World Toilet Day upon us, we’re reminded that clean sanitation is still seen as a privilege in many places. We have been collecting money to fund a toilet or toilet block in a developing country and are well on our way to reaching our £240 goal. If you would like to know more about toilet twinning, here is a link to the charity website

Toilet Twinning – flushing poverty down the loo – We Are Tearfund

International Schools Award – Intermediate Level.

The Oaks Secondary School has achieved an International Schools Award at intermediate level for project work we participated in as part of Connecting Classrooms. We are very pleased and proud to have achieved this award which involved working alongside a partner school in Zimbabwe. We hope to continue our international work next year and bring some new and exciting project work to enrich our pupils learning.



Article of the Week Article 17 The Right To Information

This week the Article of the Week is introduced by Eddie, from the Unicef Youth Advisory Board.

During the pandemic the Unicef Youth Advisory Board have developed information to help young people get the facts about Coronavirus. Article 17 states that every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources and governments should provide information that children can understand.

It is always useful for young people to consider the reliability and accuracy of information they are given by the media, particularly in light of issues such as ‘fake news’ and misinformation around important topics like the Coronavirus.

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Article of The Week – Article 30 – Minority or indigenous groups, culture, language and religion

Hello all,

This week we are exploring Article 30 – Minority or indigenous groups, culture, language and religion.

Exploring this article can help with understanding and empathy with others from different backgrounds. Please work through the slides in the Power Point provided. You will only need a pencil and paper for this activity,

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Article of the Week – Article 2 Non Discrimination.

This week we are focusing on Article 2 Non- Discrimination.
Article 2 says every child is entitled to all of the rights in the Convention, regardless of any protected characteristic.
This article can provide a great entry point for discussions you might have with students and your school community around racism and the Black Lives Matter protests. But it is important to remember that Article 2 isn’t only about discrimination based on race, it applies to a range of protected characteristics including gender, sexuality and religion amongst others.
Please work through the activities on the attached Power Point. You will only need paper and a pen or pencil.
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Best wishes
Mrs Farrow

Family Groups – Article of The Week

Article of the Week: Article 28


This week we are looking at Article 28 – the right to education. As teachers we know how important this right is for children, particularly when education for children in the UK is harder to access.

Like last week, this set will contain activities for primary and secondary, a reflection and an extension exercise. Activities are easy to carry out with the minimum of equipment – most only need a pencil and paper. All previous weeks’ packs are available online. https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/resources/teaching-resources/guidance-assemblies-lessons/article-of-the-week/


Wishing you all the best,


Mrs Farrow

Connecting classrooms

Ms Swales held assembly today to talk about her visit to our partner school in Zimbabwe. It was really interesting to hear about life for children in Zimbabwe.

Article 28: All children have the right to education

Tynemouth Aquarium

Today some of our year 9 pupils went to Tyneside Aquarium to learn more about plastic waste in our oceans and how water pollution affects sea life. This ties in with our textiles project where pupils design and make an eco bag for life with a sea life theme. We all had a great time and learned a lot.